The NBA's no-man's land: New Orleans Pelicans

Championship or bust has been the motto this past decade in the NBA. As some franchises have loaded up on stars in an attempt to win championships, others have torn their rosters down to the studs in an attempt to land the next big thing. This season has been strange because more clubs than usual find themselves firmly in NBA limbo – neither bad enough to land a top pick nor good...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans' 7-footer Ajinca open to trade if it means playing

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca says he'd welcome a trade if it resulted in more playing time. Any time on the court would be more at this point. When Ajinca spoke in New Orleans' locker room before Monday night's game against Phoenix, he had not played in 11 straight games and had played only once - for three minutes - in the previous 19 contests. The 7-foot...
Via Associated Press
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Unlucky, injury-filled season finally ends for Pelicans

On the strength of an MVP-caliber season from Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans ended a three-year playoff drought last spring. They finished the regular season by winning eight of their last 11 games, edging the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors swept the Pelicans, but the...
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April 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Pelicans center Ajinca sidelined by fractured sternum

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say 7-foot-2 center Alexis Ajinca will be sidelined indefinitely because of a fractured sternum. The Pelicans say the diagnosis came after Ajinca had an MRI before Thursday night's home game against the San Antonio Spurs. Ajinca was injured during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's loss at Houston. A French national now in his sixth...
Via Associated Press
March 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Asking Anthony Davis to move mountains

Seventy percent of lottery winners go bankrupt within a few years, a precariously similar reality facing the New Orleans Pelicans, who currently have just one player on their roster they drafted. Fortunately that player is transcendently talented, but Anthony Davis is also fending for himself on a broken, under-talented roster producing league-wide anxiety he will waste the better...
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February 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Alexis Ajinca hopes to play in season opener for Pelicans

The Pelicans are thin at the center position at the moment, and with starter Omer Asik sidelined due to injury, the team is looking at having to start Kendrick Perkins on opening night against the Warriors.That's a risky proposition, to say the least. But a bit of good news came out of Monday's practice, when backup big man Alexis Ajinca said he's feeling great and may be able to...
Via FOX Sports
October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Alexis Ajinca out 4-6 weeks with hamstring injury

If the Pelicans are going to reach their full potential this season, they'll need to avoid the injury bug which has plagued them in recent years.Things aren't off to a great start, as reserve center Alexis Ajinca will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury, according to an official release.Ajinca was serviceable in limited minutes last season. He averaged 6.5 points and 4...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Agent: Pelicans, center Alexis Ajinca agree on 4-year deal

METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- The New Orleans Pelicans and 7-foot center Alexis Ajinca have agreed on a four-year, $20.2 million extension. The 27-year-old Ajinca's new contract was confirmed by his agent, Mark Bartelstein, in an email to The Associated Press. Ajinca, who is French, was used last season primarily as a reserve. But when he received more minutes, he usually produced. He reached...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Reviewing Alexis Ajinca's 2014-15 season

Alexis Ajinca is a true seven-footer, which makes his up-and-down career all the more frustrating. But this year he shined in New Orleans, averaging career highs in points, rebounds and assists per 36 minutes.He also shot 55 percent from the floor, another career best. Here's more on Ajinca's promising campaign and what it means for his future with the Pelicans, per the SB Nation...
Via FOX Sports
May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Alexis Ajinca Close To Two-Year Deal With Pelicans

Alexis Ajinca is on the verge of a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. Ajinca is finalizing a buyout with Strabourg of France. The Pelicans and Strasbourg have agreed on the standard $575,000 buyout under NBA rules. Ajinca will sign a fully guaranteed two-year deal at the NBA minimum.
Via RealGM
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

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